Archive for September, 2009

Speedbowl hosts Outlaw Stock race at Finale

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl will host a 25-lap“Outlaw Stock” race on Saturday, October 10th as part of the track’s season ending Finale weekend.

Any rear wheel drive American made car with at least a 105” wheelbase is allowed to compete. No convertible, home-made, or modified frames are allowed.

Any stock OEM transmission is allowed.
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Ricky’s Race Kicks off Title Run for True Value Modifieds

Claremont, NH — The True Value Modified Racing Series kicks off it’s version of “the playoffs” when New England’s’ popular racing series rolls into Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH., Sunday October 4, for the running of the 2nd annual “Ricky’s Race For Kid’s,” presented by Granite State Harley Davidson, Lebanon, NH. The special race, in honor of former New England standout Ricky Miller, will go the distance of 112 laps, in honor of Miller’s last car number. (#12) Miller passed away in 2004.

The event will benefit David’s House, Lebanon, NH., a home-away-from-home that offers support for families with children receiving treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and feature a large amount of racing. automotive, and sports related raffles.

In addition, two former Twin State Speedway greats, Donnie Ayer and Kirby Monteith, will be remembered, and the race will serve as a qualifying event for a guaranteed starting position in the 7th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout TM. in Concord, NC, on November 7, 2009.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The CARQUEST Fall Final

Daytona Beach, FL — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its fourth and final trip in 2009 to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway for the CARQUEST Fall Final on Sunday, Oct. 4.

At Stafford Motor Speedway:
History

•  The Stafford Springs Agricultural Park opened in 1870 … The current race track was originally used for horse racing.
•  Horse racing gave way to automobile racing at the half-mile oval after World War II.
•  Stafford Motor Speedway became a NASCAR track in 1959 and was paved in 1967.
•  The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour has held 93 races at SMS since the tour began in 1985 … The NWMT has run there every year of its existence, except for 1988.
•  The 93 all-time NWMT races at SMS is second only to the 108 held at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.
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What if the Downhill became the Uphill?

What if a handful of Modified drivers wanted to test at Lime Rock Park?

… but would do it the “wrong” way?

Well, it happened. On Tuesday, September 29, True Value Modified drivers Ken Barry, Jack Bateman, John Cleary and Jimmy Dolan did a few laps at Lime Rock “counter-race.”

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PASS Mods, Sportsman share spotlight at White Mountain Open Show

N. Woodstock, NH –This weekend the Pro All Stars Series (PASS)  Mods and Sportsman will be battling it out at North Woodstock New Hampshire’s  White Mountain Motorsports Park and the title chase in both divisions are a long way from being decided.

The PASS Mods battle has tightened up considerably, with Scott Grant now on top of the standings. His margin is razor thin with Andy Shaw just eight points back (391-383). Bill Dixon sits in third and trails Grant by only ten with 381 markers. Steve Bennett Jr. and Scott McDaniel are waiting in the wings in fourth and fifth should the top three falter over the season’s final two events at White Mountain and Lee USA.

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Seven Past Milk Bowl Champions Qualify for 47th Chittenden Milk Bowl

Barre, VT — Seven former Milk Bowl Champions have secured a spot in the starting grid for the 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl rescheduled for this Sunday (October 4) at Thunder Road International Speedbowl. Brent Dragon, Dave Pembroke, Eric Williams, Cris Michaud and Jean-Paul Cyr each have their name etched in the Milk Bowl Champions granite monument once, while Phil Scott and Brian Hoar have two wins apiece. This leaves 23 drivers aiming for their first career Milk Bowl win.

Two favorites will start segment one from the front row. Barre’s Nick Sweet starts on the pole after earning the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole award last Saturday. His lap was the fourth fastest to earn the pole since Late Models took over the Chittenden Milk Bowl in 1996. Sweet will attempt to become the tenth driver in the history of the Milk Bowl to win from the pole. It is only his second career start in the prestigious event. His ninth place finish in last year’s event helped him earn the 2008 ACT Tour Rookie of the Year honors.

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CoCo Key Water Resort to Sponsor GBR Racing Team

East Granby, CT: Victory MotorSports Marketing Services LLC of East Granby, CT is pleased to announce the motorsports sponsorship program of GBR Racing. CoCo Key Water Resort of Waterbury, CT and Mount Laurel, NJ will sponsor the Late Model #51 GBR Racing team owned by Guy Beaudoin of Stafford Springs, CT.

CoCo Key Water Resort is a family fun spot destination with a full water park located inside each resort. The water park and the attached hotel are full service resorts with amenities for all guests. GBR Racing Late Model #51 driven by Glenn Griswold competes each Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway and will race the remainder of the 2009 season including the Fall Final weekend in October with CoCo Key Water Resort as the primary sponsor. In addition, the racecar will also be on display at the Frank Maratta’s Auto Show in Hartford, CT from February 5th to 7th, 2010.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes – Stafford

Tour Takes Intense Points Battle To Stafford

As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway this week for the CARQUEST Fall Final, a slim 37 points separate the top four drivers in the standings with just two races remaining in the season.

In the 25 years of the Whelen Modified Tour, a tight points race as the season winds down is not a new storyline. Following the Made In America Whelen 300 last week at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, however, the 2009 points race is bordering on historic competitiveness.

Coming into the Fall Final, defending Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ted Christopher leads 2007 titlist Donny Lia by a single point. But it’s far from a two-horse race – like it was in 2008 between Christopher and Matt Hirschman. Ryan Preece is just 12 points behind Christopher while Todd Szegedy is also within reach, 37 points out. And not to be counted out, Rowan Pennink’s consistent season has him sitting fifth in points, and mathematically still in the title chase at 119 points back of Christopher.
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Mike Stefanik Right at Home for CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — If it’s the end of a season, that means it’s time for the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway, which means that Mike Stefanik will be counted among the favorites to take home the winner’s trophy. Stefanik is the two-time defending champion of the race, and of his 20 career victories at Stafford, 8 have come in the Fall Final event.

“I don’t really know how to explain that,” said Stefanik. “I do like to race in the cooler temperatures, it’s more comfortable in the car.”
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Richie Pallai, Jr. Looks for Repeat of Spring Sizzler Success at CARQUEST Fall Final with Whelen Mod Tour Debut and SK Mod® Victory

Stafford Springs, CT — As the 2009 season draws to a close this weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway with the 37th Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, SK Modified® competitor Richie Pallai, Jr. will be looking to end his season with a repeat performance of the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. Pallai will attempt to make his Whelen Modified Tour debut while at the same time trying to bookend his SK Modified® season with a victory.

In May, Pallai attempted to qualify a car owned by Mike Smeriglio, III, who owns Todd Szegedy’s car, and he came up .004 seconds short of making the field. Pallai will debut his family owned car for this weekend’s CARQUEST Fall Final, and he feels confident about his chances of putting the car in the field and racing well.
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News & Notes: Brunnhoelzl hopes to celebrate in return to Ace

Friday might be a day that George Brunnhoelzl III (No. 28 Oval Speed/Fibrwrap/PT Ford)  might never forget.

Although he doesn’t want to talk about it until it actually happens, the West Babylon, N.Y., native who now calls Mooresville, N.C., home has a chance to clinch the 2009 title and  become the fourth champion in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour this Friday night after the running of the Lightning Fast 150 at Ace Speedway.

Brunnhoelzl III enters this Friday’s race with a 140 point lead over Andy Seuss (No. 47 Advance Auto Parts/Q Racing Oil/Stuart Auto Dodge) and if he can build that lead by 41 points during the running of the Lightning Fast 150, there will be one big party after the race.
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Thompson Schedules Open Practice Session before World Series

Thompson, CT– The Thompson International Speedway today announced that a special open practice session will be held one week prior to the running of the XTRAMART World Series in October. The date of the “test and tune” session will be Thursday, October 8th between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM.

This special opportunity for race teams will be open to any and all safe racer cars. But, it will be a unique opportunity for those looking to compete in the three-day racing extravaganza, The XTRAMART World Series of Speedway Racing, scheduled for the weekend of October 16th – 18th.

The XTRAMART World Series of Speedway Racing attracts hundreds of race cars representing some fourteen different and distinct racing divisions. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the ISMA Super Modifieds, the mighty Midgets of NEMA, ARTS Trucks, Pro 4 Modifieds, SK Lights, True Value Modifieds, Thompson’s own NASCAR Whelen All-American Super 6 divisions and three “outlaw” divisions. All of these racing divisions along with vintage cars and more are welcome at this special pre-World Series event.

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DAV Fall Classic to close out 64th season at Seekonk Speedway

Seekonk, MA — On October 9, 10 & 11, Seekonk Speedway will hose the 18th annual DAV Fall Classic. There will be plenty of invaders coming to town for this event. Co-headlining the weekend will be the True Value Modifieds, NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lites and Pro4 Modifieds. They will be joined by open competition racing for Pro Stocks/Super Late Models, Late Models, Seekonk Sport Trucks/Mini Stocks and Street Stocks. Our Fast Friday classes will also be a part of the action, as the Seekonk Youth Racing Association, Pure Stocks and Sport4 divisions will be running.

Friday, October 9 will feature an open practice session for all divisions participating in the Fall Classic, as sanctioning bodies will allow. This has provided competitors that normally run elsewhere a chance to get acclimated with the tricky 1/3 mile.

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Stefanik Returns To Martinsville Victory Lane In Whelen 300

Fifth win at Martinsville, 70th of career

Martinsville, VA — As the most successful competitor in the 25 years of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, there are few milestones that Mike Stefanik has yet to attain. On Sunday in the Made In America Whelen 300 at Martinsville Speedway, Stefanik crossed two more off the list.

Stefanik wrestled the lead away from Todd Szegedy on Lap 180 and kept it through two late restarts to earn the 70th victory of his illustrious career in the combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours. A seven-time Whelen Modified Tour champion, and the winningest driver in Tour history, Stefanik also notched his fifth career win at the 0.526-mile oval on Sunday, a Tour record at the historic facility.

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QUALIFYING: Silk Carries Momentum To Martinsville Speedway

New Hampshire winner fastest for Whelen 300

Martinsville, VA — Ron Silk gave up his full-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride a month ago, but after missing one race, he’s turned his season around, if only temporarily.

Silk laid down a fast lap of 18.994 seconds (99.695 mph) during Sunday’s qualifying session in advance of the Made In America Whelen 300 at Martinsville Speedway. It marked the second Coors Light Pole Award of his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career.

Silk, of Norwalk, Conn., started the 2009 campaign in the No. 79, but team and driver parted ways after the eighth race of the year. After missing the ninth event, Silk hooked up with team owner Ed Partridge and captured the New Hampshire 100 checkered flag on Sept. 19 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. One week later he is sitting on the pole at Martinsville.

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Long Break Does Not Keep Wrenn from Picking Up Where He Left Off

Winchester, NH – September 26, 2009 – The Pro Four Modifieds of New England (PFMNE) completed their eleventh race of the season on Saturday at Monadnock Speedway. The Bot-L-Gas and RF Logic-sponsored race brought out the best car count of 2009, with a total of 21 cars. The #5 of Dan Meservey, Jr. and the #83 of Franky Perry each won a heat race, but it was the #1m of “Stormin’ Norman” Wrenn who claimed the victory, his ninth of the season.

The PFMNE were led by the #00 of Dave Richardi and the #13 of George Sherman as the field took the track for their 25-lap feature. As the green flag waved, the #07 of Phil Lausier advanced from his fourth starting position into second, around the #12 of Rob Richardi, Jr. and Sherman. The #10 of Brian Vincent followed close behind Lausier to claim the third position. Towards the back of the pack, the #19 of Tim D’Amico passed under the #86 of Mark Charette and the #31 of Michael Crawford for the eleventh position. But on lap three, Richardi Jr. and Sherman got loose and made contact heading into the backstretch, necessitating the first caution of the event.

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47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl Postponed

Barre, VT — The 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl at Barre’s Thunder Road originally scheduled for Sunday, September 27th, has been postponed due to rain. The event has been rescheduled for next Sunday, October 4th.

The 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl is the final event of Thunder Road’s 50th Anniversary Season. Barre’s Nick Sweet will start on the pole of the first segment next Sunday, after earning the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole award on Saturday, September 26. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. will start on the outside pole after coming up just short in his bid for a fourth straight pole award. A total of 54 cars attempted to qualify for the non-point counting event. The field of 30 has been set for the first segment.

Next Sunday’s event will be the final point counting event for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Power Shift Junkyard Warriors. Post time is set for 1 p.m.

Photo Galleries
[Milk Bowl Sat.] by Eric LaFleche
[ACT Milk Bowl Sat.] by Eric LaFleche
[Milk Bowl Sat.] by Leif Tillotson

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Yuhas takes third SK Modified win of season; Jordan returns to Late Model victory lane. Hovey, Field, Palmer round out winners – Palmer clinches championship

Waterford, CT — With the season winding down, the points battles continue to take center stage in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions at Waterford Speedbowl. Three championship races remain tight following Saturday night’s racing and Jason Palmer became the first Saturday champion, capturing the Legends Car title.

The open-wheel SK Modifieds came out for their 35-lap feature with Tyler Chadwick edging past pole sitter Joe Perry to take the race lead when caution waved with a lap complete. Chadwick, from Ledyard, resumed control on the restart bringing points contender Ron Yuhas Jr. of Groton into second. Justin Gaydosh moved to third, Jeff Pearl fourth, and points leader Keith Rocco into fifth as Perry drifted back in the outside lane.

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Nick Sweet Claims Milk Bowl Pole

Barre’s Nick Sweet earned the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole award at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Saturday, September 26. Sweet ran a lap of 13.110 on the ¼ mile speedbowl and will sit on the pole for the first segment of the 47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl on Sunday, September 27. Sweet earned $1000 from Booth Bros./H.P. Hood for his qualifying efforts.

Only four other times Milk Bowl history has a Barre driver claimed pole position. Chester T. Woods set the fast time in 1970, Dan Beede sat on the pole in 1991 and 1992 while brother Chuck Beede started at the front in 1996.

Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. came up just short in his attempt for four straight pole awards. His fastest lap was just 54 one-thousandths of a second off of Sweet’s fast time. Pole had to settle for the outside pole position.

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Weather Ends Day At Martinsville

Persistant Rain Forces Schedule Modifications

Martinsville, VA — Due to showers forecast throughout the afternoon Saturday, NASCAR and track officials have postponed practice and qualifying for the annual combination NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Martinsville Speedway.

Practice and qualifying will now be held early Sunday morning. Practice will be at 9 a.m. with qualifying scheduled for 11:45 a.m.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Limited Late Model division will practice from 10-11 a.m. and will hold two qualifying races starting at 1 p.m.
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Szegedy Paces Practice

Weather Limits Practice At Martinsville

Martinsville, VA — Todd Szegedy led the field during an abbreviated practice for the Made In America Whelen 300 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars.

Szegedy took his No. 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford around the demanding track during practice with a time of 19.133 seconds (97.841 mph). Donny Lia, driving his No. 4 Mystic Missile Dodge, was second with a time of 19.172 (97.642 mph). Glenn Tyler was fourth with Johnny Bush and Ronnie Silk completing the top five.

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Truex Wins First NASCAR Title

Claims Camping World East crown at Dover as fellow rookie Moffitt wins season finale

Dover, DE — A pair of rookies took center stage Friday at Dover International Speedway: Brett Moffitt came away with the Sunoco 150 checkered flag and Ryan Truex earned the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Series East championship.

Truex, a 17-year-old development driver for Michael Waltrip Racing, finished eighth on Friday but it was the performance throughout the 11-race season that put him in the championship Winner’s Circle following the Sunoco 150. Truex finished his first season in NASCAR’s top development series with three wins and eight top 10s.

The main championship contender for Truex – Eddie MacDonald – finished one position behind Truex in the race and wound up 34 points out of the championship (1,719 – 1,685).

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LIVE: Modified Tours At Martinsville

The NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours are in Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the Made In America Whelen 300 weekend.

For updates throughout Saturday and Sunday, please click here: LAP-BY-LAP

For Made In America Whelen 300 information and results, please click here: EVENT PAGE

Coby, Fearn, Webb, Davis & Wood Score Final Friday Night Shoot-Out Feature Victories at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway returned to racing its Final Friday Night Shoot-Out on September 25th with a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series card of five racing divisions. Doug Coby took his first victory of the season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Tom Ffearn took his second win of the season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, David Webb took down his second win of the season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Bill Davis took down his first victory of 2009 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature event, and Don Wood scored his second win of 2009 in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

The 40-lap SK Modified® feature took the green with Wade Mattesen holding the lead, but the action was stopped after the first lap for a spin by Nichole Morgillo.

As the field took the green, Doug Coby moved by Mattesen to take over the race lead. Several more cautions for spins by Jeff Rocco, Mike Christopher, and then both Rocco and Christopher, kept the action at a slow pace through the first 11 laps of the race. Coby was continuing to hold the race lead, but Richie Pallai, Jr. was hounding Coby for the top spot. Jeff Malave was third behind Pallai, with Woody Pitkat and Todd Owen making up the top-5.

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QUALIFYING: Record-Breaking Effort For DiBenedetto At Dover

Sets East track record with fast lap

Dover, DE — Fastest in Thursday practice translated to fastest in Friday qualifying as first-year Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt DiBenedetto shattered the previous NASCAR Camping World Series East qualifying at Dover International Speedway in preparation for today’s Sunoco 150.

DiBenedetto, from Grass Valley, Calif., needed just one lap in time trials to turn in a fast lap of 23.201 seconds (155.166 mph), eclipsing the mark Sean Caisse set in 2006 at 23.563 (152.782).

The second and third-fastest qualifiers – Eddie MacDonald and Kevin Swindell – also eclipsed the previous track record. MacDonald was first out during time trials and laid down a fast lap of 23.479 seconds (153.329 mph) while Swindell’s quickest effort was 23.504 (153.165).

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Twin State Visit Begins Busy Finish For NEMA

Brockton, MA — The Northeastern Midget Association will close out the season with a grand slam – four headline events starting with Twin State Speedway’s Open Wheel Sunday on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The battle for the owners championship – Tim Bertrand (47) leads Mike Jarret (4) by a scant 18 points – grabs the spotlight as NEMA returns to the Claremont, NH facility. Bertrand’s’ driver Randy Cabral and Jarret’s driver Nokie Fornoro staged a textbook battle in NEMA’s last visit to Twin State.

Following Twin State, NEMA will make traditional October stops at Seekonk Speedway’s DAV (10-11, Thompson Speedway’s World Series (17-18) and Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest (24-25).  The NEMA Lites will be part of all the events with the exception of Thompson.

With seven different winners, it has been a very competitive season. There have been six different Lites winners.

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Inaugural Providence Winner Mike Iles Files Coffee Cup Entry

Providence, RI — Mike Iles wouldn’t mind it if he could race indoors 52 weeks a year.

One of those places he likes to visit is the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., which will host the three-quarter-size Midget Cars on December 4-5 in search of success at the Coffee Cup event.

“It is one of the more exciting racing events race fans will ever see,” said Iles. “As a driver, I can say it’s the most intense race I have driven. Lap-after-lap, you’re racing less than inch from other cars.”

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47th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl Schedule of Events

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009
8:00     LM Pits Open
            Tire Compound
            Tech Inspection
9:00     Pits Open—Sportsman, SS, JYW
10:00   MANDATORY DRIVER MEETING
            Spectator Gate Opens
11:00   Practice
            -ACT Late Models
            -NAPA Tiger Sportsmen
            -Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift JYW
            -ACT Late Models
            -NAPA Tiger Sportsmen
            -Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift JYW
            -ACT Late Models

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Third Straight Sunoco Modified Win for Christopher; Banfield Scores Career First Super Late Model Checkers; Gentes, Monahan, Tagg & Churchill Also Visit Victory Lane; Rocco, Ramstrom, Materas, Barnett, Sullivan & Michalski Thompson Champs

Thompson, CT — It was a night to crown champions at Thompson International Speedway as the 2009 season came to an end on a beautiful Thursday night. In Sunoco Modified action, Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, took his third straight victory but it was Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, taking the crown. Jim Banfield of S. Glastonbury, CT, had a career night winning his career first Super Late Model feature event. Teenager Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, earned his first Thompson championship.

Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, RI, made it two in a row in Late Model competition. John Materas of Voluntown, CT, had a joy ride on Thursday night as he clinched the championship the week before. Tom Tagg of Oxford, MA, scored his fifth win of the season in the TIS Modifieds. Brian Sullivan of S. Windsor, CT, earned the title in the division by a scant eight points.

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Soldier Named Honorary Flagman for Ricky’s Race at Twin State

Claremont, NH — U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, Philip Ayer has been named Honorary flagman for the second annual “Ricky’s Race for Kid’s” Sunday, October 4, at Twin State Speedway, in Claremont. NH. The 42 year old veteran soldier will drop the green flag on the 112 lap True Value Modified Racing Series event, presented by Granite State Harley Davidson of Lebanon, NH.

Ayer has served our country all over the world with stops in Germany, Somalia, and Kosovo. He is presently stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Ayer is also the son of the late Donnie Ayer, a popular and successful modified racer, who was the honorary flagman for last years race prior to his passing.

Ayer looks forward to the race that honors Ricky Miller, who passed away in 2004, as well as Kirby Monteith in 2008 and his Dad, who died this past January.

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